Getting Ready for Summer

This is the first year that I’ve had to truly plan for the summer. I remember summer being so magical and I want the same kind of experiences for my kiddies. Since we’re on our debt free journey, I needed to make sure we set aside a bit of money for fun in the sun without breaking the bank.

Here are some ways we’re planning to have a fun-filled summer on the cheap:

Family memberships  We already have a membership to our local zoo and are considering memberships to the local YMCA, metro parks and other places that offer them. When I do the math on what one visit would cost for a family of four, an annual membership usually makes more sense. My only criteria is that we will actually go at least 3 times and, with these busy boys, I doubt that will be a problem!

Free and discounted events  The summer gives way to awesome free and cheap family-friendly events. I always check Groupon, Living Social, and Metro Parents Magazine for the deets on local free and discounted events. Also, we love hanging out in Downtown Detroit, especially on The Detroit Riverfront.  From festivals at Hart Plaza to the carnival and fireworks of Detroit River Days, not to mention the carousel and splash park, fun is guaranteed for little to no money. The museums and other events in the Midtown area also offer different (mostly for free) entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. I can’t wait!

Fun at home  While there are tons of places to go, I hope to spend most of our time literally in our own backyard. This is the first year that we can afford to spend money on outdoor fun. The previous years have been dedicated to adding a new roof and other not so fun stuff – ugh. So, I’m on the lookout for used bikes and a swing set, and other kid-friendly items to make our backyard feel like Disney World. OK, maybe that’s a stretch, but I definitely want us to be able to enjoy our little patch of land in the city. We’re also going start a garden that I hope will bring years of joy, all the while teaching our kiddies the valuable lesson of growing their own food.

Writing about all the things we want to do this summer brings a big ole’ smile to my face. 🙂 Come on warm weather!

What do you have planned for your family this summer? Share in the comments below!

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